Four Panther Women Garner ITA Division III All-American Laurels

(L-R): Heather Boehm, Katherine Hughes, Ann Martin Skelly and Skylar Schossberger.
(L-R): Heather Boehm, Katherine Hughes, Ann Martin Skelly and Skylar Schossberger.


Four Middlebury women's tennis players were named All-Americans when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its honorees. Junior Heather Boehm (Miami, Fla.) was recognized in singles for the second time in her career, while classmate Katherine Hughes (Haddonfield, N.J.) earned her second All-American singles award. Boehm and sophomore doubles partner Ann Martin Skelly (Charleston, S.C.), along with the duo of Hughes and junior Skylar Schossberger (Eagle, Idaho), each picked up All-American laurels as doubles tandems. The four All-American selections tied the 2016-17 team for the most in program history.

Boehm is a two-time All-American in singles, was selected as the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year and is a three-time All-NESCAC selection, including two first-team accolades. She ended the season with 16 wins (16-3), with her three losses coming against three of the top-15 players in the country. Boehm recorded a 13-match winning streak this spring, going 8-2 at No. 1 and 7-0 at No. 2. Through her first three years, Boehm has had winning streaks of 26 and 13 and has amassed a 67-11 record as an individual, ending the season ranked as the No. 2 player in the Northeast region and sixth nationally.

Boehm was also honored late last month by the organization, as she was selected as the ITA National Player to Watch as well as the Northeast's Regional Player to Watch.

Hughes earns her second All-American award as an individual to go along with three laurels in doubles. A two-time All-NESCAC selection in singles and both a 2017 and 2018 All-American in doubles and a 2018 All-American as an individual, she had a 13-7 overall record this spring. Hughes amassed a 6-3 mark in the top spot and 7-3 at the No. 2 position in the lineup during dual matches. Hughes ended the season ranked as the No. 16 player nationally and the No. 8 individual in the northeast region.

Atop the Middlebury doubles lineup, Boehm and Skelly were paired together all spring. The 2019 First-Team All-NESCAC selections finish as the nation's third-ranked duo and top-ranked pair after advancing the NCAA Doubles Tournament semifinals. The tandem posted a 19-4 record, including 12-2 in the top position.

Hughes and Schossberger tallied their third-straight All-American accolade as a doubles pair. The tandem moved to the No. 2 position near the midway point of the spring and won a team-best 20 matches (20-4), also playing their way into the NCAA Doubles Tournament semifinals. The two-time All-NESCAC Second-Team honorees wrap up the season as the nation's eighth-ranked duo and sixth in the northeast region. Hughes and Schossberger have posted a 49-24 career record together over their three years together.

As a team, Middlebury set a program record with 19 wins (19-3) record against many of the nation's top teams, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The appearance marked the fourth-straight time and fifth overall in program history that the Panthers advanced to the semifinals (2005, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Middlebury finished the 2018-19 season ranked fourth nationally by the ITA and No. 2 in the Northeast region.